Kigre continues fight today against Hilton Head business license fee

bheffernan@islandpacket.comJune 11, 2013 

A local laser-components manufacturer will resume its appeal of business license fees before the Hilton Head Island Town Council today at 4 p.m. at Town Hall.

Last month, the town told Kigre Inc. it owed about $318,500 in unpaid business license fees for fiscal years 2007 to 2012. The firm paid the amount under protest and filed an appeal May 17.

Council delayed ruling on the appeal last week to allow Kigre attorney Tom Taylor more time to determine whether his client would provide council with records of the firm's gross revenue, which the business license fees are based on. An answer is expected at today's hearing. So far, Kigre has not provided town staff with such records.

According to Kigre officials, the town's business license ordinance should not apply to interstate and international sales, which make up most of the company's business.

The firm has been disputing the legality of the ordinance for years. However, a decision Feb. 7 by Beaufort County Master in Equity Marvin Dukes III struck down Kigre's claim that the nearly 30-year-old ordinance was illegal.

Check back with The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette for updates, and follow reporter Brian Heffernan at twitter.com/IPBG_Brian.

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